Rule of Law Index Summer 2013 Internships (Paid)
World Justice Project - Washington, DC

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Mission :
The World Justice Project (WJP) is an independent, non-profit organization working to advance the rule of law for the development of communities of opportunity and equity. The WJP's multinational, multidisciplinary efforts are dedicated to developing practical programs in support of the rule of law around the world. Our work is based on two complementary premises: the rule of law is the foundation for communities of opportunity and equity, and multidisciplinary collaboration is the most effective way to advance the rule of law. Our work consists of three complementary and mutually reinforcing program areas: Research and Scholarship, the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index ® , and mainstreaming practical on-the-ground programs to extend the rule of law. Please see our website ( ) for detailed descriptions of our main programs.

Founded by William H. Neukom in 2006 as a presidential initiative of the American Bar Association (ABA), and with the initial support of 21 other global sponsoring organizations, The World Justice Project transitioned into an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2010. Its offices are located in Washington, DC, and Seattle, WA.

The World Justice Project's Rule of Law Index is seeking several full-time paid interns at the WJP's office in Washington DC for the summer 2013, beginning in mid-May 2013 through August 2013.

Possible opportunity to earn college/graduate credit for current undergraduate/graduate students.

Responsibilities: As part of a small team, the Rule of Law Index intern will provide crucial support to the Rule of Law Index staff in the overall development of the WJP Rule of Law Index 2013-2014 report. Specifically, the intern will assist the team with research and data collection for the Index 2013-2014 report, and will execute tasks as assigned by the Program Manager to finalize the report to be published in late 2013. Responsibilities and specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Update and maintain the WJP Index databases and project specific lists.
  • Conduct research for identifying potential practitioner and academic legal experts to participate in the Qualified Respondent Questionnaire (QRQ).
  • Perform data processing, database maintenance and developmental support in maintaining the QRQ expert database; including basic data entry and data formatting.
  • Provide support for administration of the 2013 QRQ Index survey study, including outreach to potential questionnaire respondents to increase response rates, cataloguing completed questionnaires for data analysis, and facilitating external communications with contributing legal experts.
  • Assist with preparations for meeting and presentations, including producing drafts of power point presentations and handouts, and preparing and assembling outreach materials for external distribution.
  • Conduct research as needed for long-term projects.
  • Provide general administrative support, including organizational work in Microsoft Excel and Word; internet research; editing and proofreading documents; assisting with Index calendar management and logistics for travel and meetings; and other office and logistical support duties.
  • Serve as resource for mass mailings and mass mailing system.
Intern Qualifications:
This internship is open to undergraduates and graduate students with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, as well as recent graduates with excellent attention to detail and superior research skills. The ideal candidate will have completed coursework in international affairs, social sciences, journalism, economics, policy studies, regional studies, or pre-law. Applicants with international experience and foreign language skills are preferred. Successful applicants will be bright, highly motivated individuals with a strong academic track record and an enthusiastic interest in the rule of law. Candidates should also be committed to the WJP's mission and principles ( ).

Successful applicants will be bright, highly motivated individuals with the ability to work independently as well as in group settings, manage his or her own workload, and be able to prioritize multiple tasks and work under deadline pressure. The successful candidate will demonstrate the following skills and qualifications:
  • Superior research skills, sound analytical skills, and excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage large databases.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Strong writing, oral communications, and interpersonal skills; ability to communicate in a professional manner both in writing and over the phone.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in group settings, manage his or her own workload, and be able to prioritize multiple tasks and work under deadline pressure.
  • International experience, fluency in languages in addition to English and understanding of rule of law issues a plus.